Council Approved!

158 painstakingly long days later, we finally have Council Approval. After a frustrating whirlwind adventure, complete with stories that you wouldn’t believe, we’ve got the approved stamped plans, hand delivered to Metricon by Megan this afternoon. After all the hardships it came down to a solution that, in my opinion, should have been suggested weeks months ago…

When the dust cleared this week over at Council, the solution that was left standing was exactly what we wanted in the first place, except the wood used in the bifold doors had changed and we were out another $5,000. We changed from the standard Meranti wood (softwood) that is used to build the doors to the more expensive Merbau wood. Merbau is a hardwood that has been tested against Level 3 bushfire zones (we’re level 1). While we’ll be paying a premium to get our bifold doors made of Merbau (they’ll need to be custom made) the upside, besides the approval process, is the way the doors age. They’re likely to last a lot longer than they would have otherwise. In fact, we’re looking into replacing our two sets of French Doors to Merbau too. Of course, that’s pending Metricon’s quote.

A big thanks to the ‘crew’ over at Eco Logical Australia, our bushfire consultants, that helped us to get this over the line. Through their thorough knowledge of council codes and contacts at the RFS (Rural Fire Service), they’re the main reason why we met out deadline (albeit extended deadline).

So here we sit, with a glass of Champagne, toasting to getting this far. Soon, we’ll start the next stage in this adventure – site start.

See you then.

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About Stefan
Stefan is the regular writer for Megan & Stefan, and hails originally from San Diego, California. A resident of Australia since 2007, he write about his experiences living abroad, his love of photography, and documenting the process of building a house here in this sunburnt country he calls home. Feel free to drop him a line - he's always up for a chat.


  1. Felix says:

    Congratulations to you……Cheers!

  2. Megan says:

    It still feels unreal, but we feel more relief than excitement right now. Let the building begin!

  3. Paul says:

    Now THAT’S some good news. Finally, you both must be feeling pretty exhausted after that ordeal. Now on to the build!!!!

  4. maja says:

    I love the photo. Wish we could have been there to help you celebrate!

  5. Meggie B says:

    YES!!! Congrats!! (Perhaps celebrate this Aussie breakthrough with another:

  6. Kriss says:

    Yay! I wish it didn’t cost so much money, emotion, energy, stress, and frustration, but yay, it is over and you must feel so relieved!

  7. SarahV says:

    woo hoo congratulations guys. What a happy (and expensive) ending to a stressful couple of weeks. Not long until you start now.

  8. Erin says:

    Yeah!!! That is sooo exciting guys!!! One step closer!


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